The Episcopal Diocese of Liberia is a member of the Province of West Africa. The country struggles to provide safe water, education, and basic nutrition to its people after a 14 year-long civil war. The hope is to provide support and continue to build relationships between parishes of the Diocese of Virginia and parishes of the Diocese of Liberia.
Churches who work in Liberia
Update November 2014 – Ebola Crisis:
- Three of the churches have raised over $12,000 for Ebola relief.
- Trusted Angels Foundation – The Foundation started as a way to support Bromley School, which has had to close temporarily because of the Ebola crisis. Current efforts are focusing on collecting supplies for Liberian orphanages.
St. Anne’s, Reston, 2010-Present, has received grants to explore ways St. Anne’s can support St. Mark’s Parish in Harper. The congregation also supports a Liberian oral hygienist and a Liberian dentist who provide dental care to children and train dental assistants through Smiles for Liberia.
Update November 2014 – Ebola Crisis: St. Anne’s has worked with MedShare in Atlanta to purchase 4 pallets of medical supplies which were shipped to Trinity, DC, which is the hub for LECUSA’s relief efforts. St. Ann’s also held a candlelight vigil which was attended by several hundred people in the Reston community and was written up in the DC news.
St. David’s, Ashburn, 2004-Present, supported Bromley Episcopal School. They were instrumental in encouraging the involvement of other Episcopal churches and have replaced Bromley’s roof, refurbished school’s library and donated books, food, and sports equipment. In 2013, the congregation raised funds to buy and ship a van to the Bromley Mission School.
Update November 2014 – Ebola Crisis: The St. David’s effort became a community and ecumenical effort. The church set up an Amazon link pre-populated with desired supplies and shipping information. Supplies were stored at St. David’s and mid-November a large container of supplies was packed and shipped to Liberia.
St. James’, Leesburg, 2008- Present, supports Bromley Episcopal Mission School for Girls. In 2008, the congregation partnered with Solar Lights for Africa to install solar panels for the school. In 2009, they sent teachers and professionals to train and support the school’s staff. And in 2010, they led a Literacy Enrichment Camp to deepen reading skills.
St. Paul's, Bailey's Crossroads, 2003-Present, works on building and strenthening relationships with the Diocese of Liberia. The congregation also had several meetings with Bishop Jonathan Hart on how to establish more formal relations between the Diocese of Virginia and the Diocese of Liberia. The Rev. James McCaskill was invited to be the baccalaureate preacher at the June 2013 commencement of Cuttington Episcopal University.
Update November 2014 – Ebola Crisis: St. Paul’s will be hosting an event at the end November and all funds raised will go to Episcopal Relief & Development.
St. Peter’s, Purcellville, 2009-Present, supports Bromley School with Operation Christmas Child and by providing eye glasses, teaching tools and methods. The congregation provides scholarship funds and supports the teachers of Bromley. They also trained teachers of BW Harris Episcopal High School and distributed reading glasses. St. Peter's, Purcellville partners with St. Peter's, Caldwell, and has provided a truck for their priest, the Rev. Edward Gbe. Learn more about St. Peter's July 2012 trip by reading their blog.
Learn more about Smiles for Liberia in this video:
Trusted Angels Foundation
Trusted Angels Foundation is a nonprofit established by Episcopalians to further facilitate donations and missions to Liberia. Their vision is to advance individual freedom and responsibility through programs that provide education and medical support as well as economic advancement. They support Bromley Episcopal Mission School, MODUC Orphanage and various health clinics throughout Liberia.
Tell Us More
Are you interested in getting involved with our ministries in Liberia? Do you have an existing ministry or connection? Send your comments to Buck Blanchard.